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Cedar Crest opens new $1M diversity and global engagement center

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Cedar Crest College and local officials attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement. (Contributed)
Cedar Crest College and local officials attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement. (Contributed)

In fitting tribute, Cedar Crest College officials and area political, religious and business leaders opened the Allentown college’s new Center for Diversity and Global Engagement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The building houses the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Global Initiatives and International Programs and International Student Services.

Flags representing 25 countries from which Cedar Crest students hail eventually will adorn the façade.

The center is in Allen House, built in 1928 for the college president and last used as a president’s residence in 1951. Over the years, the building was used for various offices and academic departments.

The building underwent a $1 million renovation over four months by Valley Builders of Emmaus that added classrooms, lounges, group study areas and a kitchen. Alloy5 of Bethlehem was the architect.

The Center for Diversity and Global Engagement was the product of the college’s strategic plan called, “The Aspiration of Others.”

“It will be a welcoming space where students of all backgrounds, religions, cultures and values can come together to share experiences and ideas,” interim Cedar Crest President Elizabeth Meade said in a statement.

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